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Sd.Kfz.164 Nashorn Command Version

DML 1/35 Sd.Kfz.164 Nashorn Command Version - Smart Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review June 2010 Manufacturer DML
Subject Sd.Kfz.164 Nashorn Command Version - Smart Kit Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6646 Primary Media 1,067 parts (759 in grey styrene, 240 “Magic Track” links, 38 etched brass, 25 clear styrene, 2 coil springs, 2 springs, 1 length wire, 1 turned aluminum barrel)
Pros Includes new mold Fu 8 command set Cons Massive number of parts to this kit, very small parts may be fiddly; some models prefer single run DS tracks
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $55.00

First Look

DML’s boutique affiliate has now produced a command variant of the popular Nashorn self-propelled 8.8 cm antitank gun. While I may be remiss, the only difference of note I found in this kit was the inclusion of a very nice 20-piece Fu 8 command radio set and antenna. The rest appears to have most of the parts from the recent DML Nashorn 3-in-1 kit (No. 6386).

It comes with the correct single hatch glacis and positionable hatch and viewers. As with all Smart Kits most of the detail parts are provided from styrene with optional replacements in brass.

The suspension is straight from the Panzer IV “Smart Kits” with alternative drivers for the Gw III/IV chassis. . The “Magic Tracks” are still with us, and the only thing to recall is left bag - left track, right bag - right track as you look at the header card. DML calls them “dark grey right - light grey left” but too often the colors are not well differentiated.

The gun is the new tooled one from kit 6386 with both the original kit barrel (dating back to Kit 6004) but also with the “Premium” turned aluminum barrel provided.

The upper hull is the DML “Razor Edge” one and all parts are much finer. The much maligned louvers of the early kits are now “slide molded” from styrene and separate parts (D29). The walls are also about half the thickness of normal parts (0.050" or 1.25mm seems to have been the default in the past; these are about 0.020" or 0.5mm with thinned edges) and look more like sheet steel parts than plastic.

Like its predecessor this one provides a good selection of bits for the ammo lockers, and now provides a selection of options. 18 8.8 cm rounds are provided with racks or clips as needed.

Generic detail sets from DML include an MG34 machine gun, but surprisingly this kit does not include the “GA” German generic kit sprue with canteens, helmets, ponchos, etc. A very nicely done Fu 8 radio is included as well as the RB German generic radio installation set.

Project supervisor was Hirohisa Takada, with technical support from Minoru Igarashi, H3 Design Office, and Dragon engineering; technical assistance provided by Notger Schlegtendal, Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson.

Decals and finishing directions are included for four guns: Unidentified Unit, Russia 1944 (tricolor, black 200 with crosses); Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front 1943 (sand brown, black 300); s.H.Pz.Jg.Abt. 519, Russia 1943-1944 (whitewash over sand, “Puma” with unit flashes); 3.s.H.Pz.Jg.Abt. 519, Russia 1943-1944 (whitewash over sand, “Tiger”). Note that markings are also included for guns “Pommern” and “Bueffel” from that unit. A targeted sheet of Cartograf decals is included.

Overall this an offshoot of the now well done Nashorn/Hummel kits and the radio is a nicely done addition.

Thanks to DML for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 30x2 Hornisse/Nashorn/Hummel - Gw III/IV drivers and details
  • A 37x2 Pzkw. IV Smart Kit - drivers, idlers and return rollers
  • A 81x2 Pzkw. IV Smart Kit - road wheels and bogies
  • B 10 Nashorn upper sides and shield assemblies
  • B 36 Nashorn/Hummel - upper glacis and details
  • C 19 Hornisse/Nashorn - interior floor and details
  • D 70 Hornisse/Nashorn - 8.8 cm gun and details
  • E 57 Nashorn - fenders, interior details, travel lock
  • F 66x2 Nashorn ammo racks, clips and ammunition
  • G 10 German generic jack
  • K 19 German generic tools and accessories
  • J 14 Clear styrene
  • K 11 Clear styrene
  • 10 Nashorn/Hummel - exhausts, spare wheel carriers
  • M 39 Nashorn - gun shield and travel lock
  • X 1 Nashorn/Hummel lower hull
  • Y 120 “Magic Track” left side links
  • Z 1 Twisted steel wire
  • Z 1 Vinyl hose
  • Z 120 “Magic Track” right side links
  • MA 38 Etched brass
  • MB 1 Turned aluminum barrel
  • MB 4 Springs
  • MB 1 Wire
  • RB 8 German generic radio - base details
  • RF 20 German generic radio - Fu 8 set
  • TF 3 German generic - 8.8 cm muzzle brake
  • WC 29 German generic machine guns - MG34 and ammo